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Are Women Human? by Dorothy L. Sayers

One of the first women to graduate from Oxford University, Dorothy Sayers pursued her goals whether or not what she wanted to do was ordinarily understood to be "feminine." Sayers did not devote a great deal of time to talking or writing about feminism, but she did explicitly address the issue of women's role in society in the two classic essays collected here. Central to Sayers's...

Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols

Two irresistible boys. One unforgettable summer. Lori can't wait for her summer at the lake. She loves wakeboarding and hanging with her friends - including the two hotties next door. With the Vader brothers, she's always been just one of the guys. Now that she's turning sixteen, she wants to be seen as one of the girls, especially in the eyes of Sean, the older brother. But that's...

Fireflies in the Mist by Qurratulain Hyder

Fireflies follows the creation of modern day Bangladesh - from Indian province, to Partition, to the emergence of statehood - as told through the impassioned voice of Deepali Sarkar and others around her who live through the turbulence. Hyder perceptively and majestically follows the trajectory of Sarkar's life - from her secluded upbringing in Dhaka to becoming a socialist rebel and...

Leave it to Psmith by P. G. Wodehouse

The plot is a typical Wodehouse romance, with Psmith inveigling himself into the idyllic castle, where there are the usual crop of girls to woo, crooks to foil, imposters to unmask, haughty aunts to baffle and valuable necklaces to steal. Among the players is Psmith's good friend Mike, married to Phyllis and in dire need of some financial help; the ever-suspicious Rupert Baxter is on...

Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz

Palace Walk introduces us to tyrannical patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad's gentle, oppressed wife, Amina, his cloistered daughters, Aisha and Khadija, and his three sons - the tragic and idealistic Fahmy, the dissolute hedonist Yasin, and the soul-searching intellectual Kamal. The family's trials mirror those of their turbulent country during the years spanning the two world...

The Baseball Card Kid by Adam Osterweil

A valuable baseball card, a sinking ship, a distant planet, and vampire tales fill this fast-paced time-travel story. Brian has felt guilty ever since he destroyed his father's rare Honus Wagner baseball card at the age of four. When the opportunity to acquire a magical time-traveling bracelet presents itself, Brian and his best friend Paul jump at the chance. Using this fantastic...

The Courts of Babylon by Peter Bodo

A true insider's book, this sly, irreverent expose of the personalities, politics, intrigue, and innuendo surrounding the greed-and-ego fueled world of pro tennis leaves no player untouched, from John McEnroe and Steffi Graf to Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, and Martina Navratilova.

The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy

Feckless, unwashed, charming, penurious Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield, Trinity College Law student, Irish American with an English Accent, maroon in the ould country and dreaming of dollars and ready women, stumbles from the public house to the pawnbrokers, murmuring delusive enticements in the ear of any girl who'll listen, in delirious search of freedom, wealth, and the recognition...

The Midnight Bell by Francis Lathom

Young Alphonsus Cohenburg enters his mother's bedroom and finds her covered in blood. She tells him his uncle has murdered his father, and orders him to flee Cohenburg castle forever to save his own life! A disconsolate exile, Alphonsus wanders the earth seeking the means of survival, first as a soldier, then a miner, and finally as sacristan of a church, where he meets the beautiful...

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee

A tale of love and betrayal set in war-torn Hong Kong. In 1942, Englishman Will Truesdale falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese as World War II overwhelms their part of the world. Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong to work as a piano teacher...

Tremor of Intent by Anthony Burgess

The amoral Agent Hillier of MI6 journeys to the city of Yarylyuk aboard the passenger ship Polyolbion, on a mission to infiltrate a convention of Soviet scientists and return to Britain his childhood friend Roper, who has defected to Russia. En route, he meets the sexually precocious sixteen-year-old Clara, the voluptuous femme fatale Miss Devi, and the shadowy tycoon Theodorescu.

Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

For the first time the legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical creativity. He tells of his childhood in Ontario, where his father instilled in him a love for the written word; his first brush with mortality when he contracted polio at the age of five; struggling to pay rent during his early days with the Squires...